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A larva of any of various darkling beetles, especially Tenebrio molitor, which infests flour and other grain products and is often used as food for birds and reptiles and as fish bait.


(Animals) the larva of various beetles of the genus Tenebrio, esp T. molitor, feeding on meal, flour, and similar stored foods: family Tenebrionidae



the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, that infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals.
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Noun1.mealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidaemealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae
family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae - a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose


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A team from the University of Maryland, US, tracked bats as they flew around a room hunting for a mealworm suspended from the ceiling.
Despite their name, mealworms are not worms but the larval form of the mealworm beetle that are packed with nutrients which has typically made them a pet food for reptiles, fish and birds as well as being used for fishing bait.
Such researches have so far focused on five major species or species groups [1,4,5]: the common housefly (Musca domestica), the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens), the yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), locusts (Locusta migratoria, Schistocerca gregaria, Oxya spec., etc.) and silkworms (Bombyx mori, etc.).
An unaware visitor randomly stopping by may be shocked, however, by the menu that includes cricket tea, mealworm muffin and a silkworm green tea smoothie.
mellonella may not always be available, therefore, yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) could be an alternative host.
Keepers place mealworm footballs between two mini goalpost, carrying the flags of the teams.
Upon arrival my friend (who I had convinced to accompany me) and I were greeted with the following cocktails: Mealworm virgin mojito, anty gin and tonic and chapuline garden Pimms.
Insect delicacies on the menu will include curried cricket pakora, toasted cumin and mealworm houmous, bug burger bites and a Grub Garden Tartlet combining red pepper and garlic chapuline grasshoppers, termites and mealworms with spinach, pine nuts, artichoke, griddled asparagus and saffron pumpkin seed.
Netherlands-based protein conversion company Protix has acquired Netherlands-based insect breeding company Fair Insects to expand its portfolio in the mealworm, cricket and locust market, the company said.
A HORRIFIED mum has told how she spotted half a mealworm in a spoonful of her son's baby food.
Moreover, the two insects used for the study, the black soldier fly or Hermetica illucens (HI) and the yellow mealworm or Tenebrio molitor (TM), can both produce a biomass high in protein and fat, by reclaiming nutrients, including AA and fatty acids, from manure and organic waste, said the researchers.
But perhaps mealworm bread could become as common as Victoria sponge thanks to Huddersfield University student and avid cook Gemma Lamb, whose innovative take on the staff of life has won her a prestigious award.